Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Delicious chicken tenders breaded in a garlic parmesan panko mixture and baked to crispy perfection! This is a meal the entire family will love!

My kids love chicken! Simple recipes like this one and my chicken tender recipe is perfect for those quick lunch meals or a snack for after school.

Chicken tender being dipped in a honey mustard sauce.

Homemade Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders

We are a huge fan of chicken tenders and breaded chicken for our family.

The “special ingredient” in these tenders is the Panko. Instead of breadcrumbs or just flour I use panko. Panko is generally used in Japanese cooking and it can be found in the grocery store in the Asian foods aisle. I definitely prefer panko to regular breadcrumbs because of its lighter and more delicate texture. It results in a more crispy and crunchy end product than breadcrumbs. Especially when you are baking chicken instead of frying; the panko makes a huge difference!

To try our absolute FAVORITE dipping sauce for these tenders, click here to check that out! 🙂

Chicken Tenders Ingredients:

  • Chicken Tenders: Boneless chicken breasts are easiest to trim and prepare.
  • White Flour: This coasts the chicken.
  • Salt and Pepper: Seasoning and for taste
  • Olive Oil: Creates a crispy outside when baked.
  • Garlic: Minced garlic is best and adds flavor.
  • Basil: Dried basil brings a subtle seasoning everyone loves.
  • Paprika: If you love a little spice add this to your tenders.
  • Panko: Gives it the breaded thickness and crunch on the outside.
  • Parmesan Cheese: MMM! Cheese is the best on these chicken tenders. 
  • Fry Sauce: My famous fry sauce is delicious and dip-able. SO good!

How to Make Chicken Tenders:

  1. Prepare chicken: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Trim the fat from the tenders.
  2. Dip chicken: Set out three bowls. Fill one with the white flour, about 1/4 teaspoon pepper, & about 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir,
  3. Stir together: Fill the next bowl with the olive oil or butter and minced garlic.
  4. Add seasoning: Place the basil, paprika, Panko, and parmesan cheese in the last. Stir. Place the tenders in the flour mixture, then the garlic oil, then the panko mixture making sure to evenly and thoroughly coat each piece.
  5. Cook chicken tenders: Place the tenders on the sheet and then place in the oven. Cook for 15 minutes and then flip the tenders and cook for another 5-8 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F.
  6. Serve: Remove and enjoy immediately with the dipping sauce!

Chicken tenders being put in flour, then a buttery oil mixtures and lastly added to a panko and parmesan mixture then placed on a baking sheet.

Dipping Sauces:

We love to dip our chicken tenders into every type of sauce. I personally love rich and creamy sauces where my kids love the sweet and spicy sauces. It is so fun to mix and match sauces too and create new favorites. I found this seasoned honey mustard sauce in the photos at our local grocery store near the deli section. So fun!

Here are a few of our favorites to eat with these chicken tenders.

  • Ketchup: Always a classic
  • Honey Mustard: A little sweet and tangy
  • Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce: A hint of spice but rich and smooth.
  • Fry Sauce: Family favorite and a MUST make
  • Ranch Dressing: Creamy and a kid favorite

How to Store:

These are perfect for storing and last in the refrigerator or freezer for a good amount of time. Then when ready simply reheat for lunch or snacks when needed.

  • Refrigerator: Once they are cooled completely, place in a ziplock bag and store in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days long. It is best to warm up in the oven but the microwave will do too.
  • Freeze: After they are cooled place on a sheet pan in a freezer for about 20 to 30 minutes. Once frozen, place in a ziplock bag or freezer bag and store in the freezer for 3 months. Taking out chicken when needed and reheat in the oven or microwave.

Chicken tenders on a baking sheet with honey mustard sauce.

More Chicken Recipes:

Chicken tenders in a basket with honey mustard sauce.

 

Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders

4.89 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 6 Pieces
Delicious chicken tenders breaded in a garlic parmesan panko mixture and baked to crispy perfection! This is a meal the entire family will love!
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken tenders, garlic parmesan chicken tenders

Ingredients

!Chicken

  • 1 1/4 pounds chicken tenders boneless skinless
  • 1/2 cup white flour
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter
  • 3 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup Panko
  • 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
  • Famous Fry Sauce

Instructions

  1. Trim the fat from the tenders.

  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

  3. Set out three bowls. Fill one with the white flour, about 1/4 teaspoon pepper, & about 1/2 teaspoon salt. Stir,

  4. Fill the next bowl with the olive oil or butter and minced garlic. Stir.

  5. Place the basil, paprika, Panko, and parmesan cheese in the last. Stir.

  6. Place the tenders in the flour mixture, then the garlic oil, then the panko mixture making sure to evenly and thoroughly coat each piece.

  7. Place the tenders on the sheet and then place in the oven.

  8. Cook for 15 minutes and then flip the tenders and cook for another 5-8 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F.

  9. Remove and enjoy immediately with the dipping sauce!

Recipe Notes

Updated on March 18, 2020

Originally Published on June 22, 2016

 

Nutrition Facts
Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 68mg23%
Sodium 362mg15%
Potassium 401mg11%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 156IU3%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 163mg16%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


 

 

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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  1. 5 stars
    Omg these were amazingly moist inside and crispy out..I used Romano cheese instead of parm, put flour in a bag and shook the tenders to coat, rolled next in chopped garlic and olive oil ,then seasoned panko and Romano.. for my dipping sauce I mixed plain yogurt,beer mustard and spicy barbecue sauce to tast. We like a kicky sauce… then last 8 min baked my zucchini fries that Intossed with olive oil, rosemary,garlic,and onion granulated powders and pepper.. our new menus item from now on..delish and easy..

  2. 5 stars
    Somehow knee deep in quarantine I stumbled upon your website- I made this last night for my 3 teenagers and made the Baked Parmesan Chicken for my husband and I- Both were so good! My husband butted in to the tenders and saved his chicken to use in a sandwich for lunch. Was fun to actually have my family love what I made- Thanks so much for your recipes! Since Im on a role- we are trying the turkey taco stuffed avocados tonight. To be continued… 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    The recipe is perfect as is. I cut my tenders out of chicken breasts, and I am always amazed at how moist the tenders turn out. I’ll try the fry sauce one day, but usually dip my tenders in Sweet Baby Ray’s Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce.

  4. 5 stars
    So tender and so crispy, However, I must admit I goofed big time as I forgot to add Parmesan to Panko. Won’t happen again as I will most definitely make this easy recipe again. I dipped my tenders in peanut sauce.

  5. 4 stars
    Since I had small tenders, I cooked these at 400F for ten minutes, and then flipped over for another 5. They were nice and crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside. Delicious! My only criticism is that they were not seasoned enough for my family’s taste. I will definitely make again but will add more spices to the Panko mixture. Thanks for the recipe!

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